South Africa sends medical team, funds to Palestine
14 janvier 2001 (Reuters)
CAPE TOWN, 14 January 2001 (Reuters)
A group of South African doctors and medical personnel are to be sent to Palestine to treat thousands of injured Palestinians in clashes against Israeli forces which began on September 29, 2000.
The South African government has consistently voiced its deep concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in Palestine as a result of the excessive use of force as well as the closure of Palestinian towns and villages by Israel. The government has now decided to increase its support for the Palestinians by dispatching humanitarian supplies and personnel.
Nearly 400 Palestinians have been killed, with over 21,000 injured. Of the injured, thousands will suffer permanent disabilities. The South African medical team is being dispatched in order to help the Palestinian Ministry of Health. They will be working alongside Palestinian doctors, performing surgery and providing urgent medical care to the injured.
In related news, the South African government has made a donation to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society for the purchase of emergency medical supplies.
The amount donated has not been specified, but it is believed to be a substantial sum.